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How to Stop Bruising After Lip Fillers

Bruising tendsto occur after lip filler treatment. However, the riskof bruises is reduced andwill not lastforever.  This article explains how best one can stop bruising after lip fillers.

Nobody wants blisters, swelling, or bruises on the lips. People, especially ladies, always want to keep their lips in the best condition. That’swhy lip balm and other lip care products never miss in their handbags. Suppose one is very conscious about theirlips’health and appearance. In that case, one might get intimidated by lip fillers after the cosmetic doctor warns them against theirlips’bruising after getting aesthetic injections on the lips. Well, it’s not a secret that bruisesarea common symptom of lip fillers patientsshould expect after the treatment. But it doesn’tmean one will allow their lips to suffer and crack without doing anything to help.

How to Stop Bruises Associated with Lip Fillers

Although lip fillers patientsare advised to be prepared for bruising in the days or weeks after lip fillers treatment, most are disappointed and keep counting the number of days these side effects will disappear. Most aesthetic patientswill spend hours on the internet looking for appropriate ways to reduce post-treatment bruisingand make it disappear as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some online suggestions are inappropriate and may worsen the bruising. A certain degree of lip fillerbruisingisexpected after the procedure. However, patients should take some measures to limit the extent of these effects. Here is how one can stop bruises after being injectedwithfillers on the lips;

Avoid Medications That Can Worsen Bruises

When recovering from lip fillertreatment, they should avoid supplements anddrugs that might thin their blood. Bozimowski (2015)suggested thatmedication that caninterfere with your blood flow and make bruises worse include; NSAIDs, aspirin, and Ibuprofen. Supplements unfriendly to lip fillerbruising include fish oils, flaxseed oils, and Omega-3. Ensure you inform your cosmetic doctor of the medications you take before treatment. Discussing the prescription medications will guide the aesthetic expert on which filleringredients are avoided to prevent terrible additional bruising or bleeding after and before the injection.

Avoid Alcohol

Giving up on alcoholic beverages may be difficult. However, it’s necessaryto prevent unpleasant side effects after thelips’aesthetic treatment. If one is used to taking alcohol, they may have to skip their ritual if they are supposedto get a lip filler treatment. Don’t drink alcohol the same day you will undertake the procedure or the night before your scheduled filler appointment. Wildiyanto et al. (2021) emphasizedalcoholic beverages make the blood vessels expand and relax, increasing blood flow in the patient’s body. as a result, the lip area will become morevulnerable to bruising after being treated with fillers.

Avoid Touching or Putting Pressure on the Injected Spot

It’s tempting to touch the treated site because of the uncomfortable sensations that may project onto the lips’surface after the tissues of the lips are injected. Avoid touching the area that received the fillers within the first few hours. Funt &Pavicic (2013)explained that too much pressure on the treated spot would alsoincreasetrauma to the lip’s blood vessels, which will cause more painful bruising. That means one may need to avoid hard kissing and foods or drinks that require too much involvement of the lips. A pain-relieving cream is acceptable if one wants relief from the after-treatment pain. 

Elevate the Injected Area

Getting lip fillers requires the patient to make various adjustments, and sleeping position is one of them. To minimize swelling and bruising, sleep with the head elevated. One can use extra pillows to give thema better position that will allow a smoother flow of blood on the blood vessels of their lips. Evenly distributed fluids on the injectedtips will help you heal quickly, and bruises will disappear faster.

Avoid Extreme Exercises

According to Evans et al. (2022), lip filler treatment is non-surgical, but that doesn’t mean it is not affected by vigorous exercises. Some patients may have wrong thinking and falsely think that continuing to go to the gym will not interfere with the healing process of their lips if they have been working out for most of their lives. Participating in hard activities will increase blood pressure, heart rate, and blood flow, overwhelming the lip blood vessels and tissues which are not yet healed. Replace working out with walks and other simple body movements that will not extend the lips’bruising timeline.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

Should You Use Heat or Bruise on a Lip Filler Bruise?

Heat isused to acceleratethe healing process of lips injectedwith fillers. However, heat is not a good remedy to minimize bruises because it will dilate the blood vessels. The lips’ immune cells’ ability to excrete inflammatory elements from the treated site will increase. Heat will work better if one wants an excellent way to heal bruised lips faster.

Do Bruises Cause By Lip Fillers Hurt?

It depends on the degreeof the bruises. The normal bruises that occurthe day of lip filler injection or the next day may not hurt much. However, one may experience more pain if other factors pressurethe injectedlip area and cause additional bruising.

Foodsto Avoid to Reduce Bruising After Lip Fillers

  • High-sodium foods
  • Curries and spicy foods
  • High-sugar foods
  • Refined sugars and bakery products


Bruising following lip fillertreatment can be ugly if not properly addressed. Ensure you take extra lip careprecautions within the first few days after the filler injection. The bruising will appear blue, purple, or black on the first three days after lip filler treatment. By day five, the bruising should lighten and be brown. Within a week, your lip skin will have its normal colour.


Bozimowski, G. (2015). A review of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. AANA journal83(6).

Evans, E., Perenack, J. D., & Ferneini, E. M. (2022). Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Management of Complications in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 273-294.

Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology6, 295.

Widiyanto, A., Putri, S. I., Fajriah, A. S., & Atmojo, J. T. (2021). Prevention of Hypertension at Home. Journal for Quality in Public Health4(2), 301-308.